Albuquerque & Surrounding Areas
All services are provided in the comfort of your home.
Includes a brief examination by the veterinarian, a full assessment of your pet's quality of life, and a custom treatment plan to help you care for your pet and monitor their condition.
Includes a discussion with the veterinarian, medication to ensure comfort, gentle euthanasia, pawprint impression keepsake, lock of fur, and Lap of Love's Eternal Pawprints booklet. The additional cost for the varied cremation services are detailed in the Aftercare Pricing section.
Includes a brief examination by the veterinarian to help explain your pet's condition, discuss symptom management including pain and anxiety, and prepare an end of life care plan using the appropriate quality of life scale to manage your pet along with your family's needs and desires.
There may be an additional charge for extended travel (see Service Area below), holidays ($50 - $100), pets over 99 lbs, appointments outside normal business hours (when arranged), aggressive pets, and some exotic species.
Although we mainly see dogs and cats, some of our veterinarians can assist you with other species such as pigs, guinea pigs, rabbits, ferrets, birds, fish, and goats. Call for pricing and availability.
With this option, your pet is cremated privately at a licensed crematory. The ashes are contained in a lovely wooden urn with an engraved nameplate and will be returned to your primary care veterinarian within two weeks. They can also be made available directly from the crematory or mailed to you.
This option is for families that don't wish to have their pet's ashes returned nor wish to bury at home. Pets are respectfully cremated with other pets at a licensed crematory and ashes are scattered on cemetery grounds.
There may be a fee if additional assistance to safely carry your pet out of your home is needed.
We are here to answer your questions every day, from 6am - 8pm Mountain Standard time. Appointments are scheduled throughout the week, please call for availability.
Sometimes, pets take a turn for the worse overnight, so we do our best to accommodate same day appointments with a few hours notice when possible.
If this is a medical emergency, please contact your local veterinarian or one of the emergency clinics listed in the Local Resources section.
Erin Deveau, DVM
“The meaning of life is service to others.” This pearl of wisdom was shared by a mentor in my hometown of Corning, a small community in rural Upstate NY. The truth of his statement resonates with me as much today as when I first heard it. Thanks to my husband’s military career, I have been blessed with the opportunity to serve animals and clients all over the country. My husband and I agree, however, that Albuquerque is the first place that has truly felt like home. We are so glad, after a short hiatus in Connecticut and Hawaii, to be back home in New Mexico for good.
The first time I experienced the joy of an animal’s unconditional love was when my mother finally succumbed to years of begging for my very own kitty. I still remember the excitement I felt when I came home from school to hear the indignant yowls of a half-Siamese, gray fuzzball who had been hidden in the bathroom as a birthday surprise. His name was Mooters and we were inseparable.
Despite the many years and happy memories we had together, it was during the heart-breaking loss of Mooters that I found my calling. I knew at that moment my purpose in life was to care for, heal, and relieve the suffering of animals. During my training at Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine I volunteered with the Pet Loss Support Hotline, taking calls from pet owners who were grieving the loss of a beloved friend. It gave me a unique glimpse at the enduring power of the human-animal bond, and I embrace the responsibility of nurturing and honoring that bond in my work every day.
I do my best to assist clients during some of the hardest decisions they will ever make: when to transition from seeking a cure to hospice care and when to say goodbye to their four-legged family member. Giving the gift of a peaceful, dignified, and pain-free journey over the Rainbow Bridge to their companion – who is so much more than “just a pet” – is an honor and privilege that touches my heart. I hope to help you and your special loved ones during these difficult times with the compassion and understanding of having been there myself, first with Mooters and several furry family members since.
"When it came time to say goodbye to our beloved Sean, Dr. Deveau helped us -- husband, wife, and dear companion -- through the occasion with grace, sympathy and kindness. She helped us see him on his way. She gave us the gift of a little while where he was no longer suffering.
I don't have the words to describe the comfort of being able to say goodbye in familiar, friendly surroundings. Sean passed away peacefully in his favorite spot. Our other two kitties were with us. We are shattered by grief but Dr. Erin left us with the certainty that we had done the kindest thing anyone could for our little lion.
If our little kitty angel got his wings that night, it was because another angel came to our home to help him put them on."
Andy and Cat WilsonAlbuquerque, New Mexico
"When my sweet Dex told us it was time for him to go, I reluctantly listened. When I was finally able to accept a life without his love, I wanted nothing more for his last moments to be in my arms and his home. Dr. Erin had assisted with our neighbor back in December and it took a few calls before I could actually make an appointment for him. Dr. Erin was, in the purest sense of the word, an angel sent to us to help Dexter, and the rest of us, feel at peace about the decision. Her demeanor was compassionate and kind. She was able to discuss the process, what to expect, and other logistics such as burial in our yard, etc. with a kindness and respect for the sensitivity of the moment that truly reassured me of the gift we were able to give Dexter. We were able to engage in conversation with ease. She answered all of our questions, even the silly ones, which she never alluded to as ridiculous. Although I miss my boy every single day, I know without a doubt that this was the most precious gift I could give him and Dr. Erin made that possible. Thank you so much to the support team and Dr. Erin."
Kris MihalicAlbuquerque, New Mexico
"Dr. Erin provided hospice for our dog for about 6 months. When it was time to say goodbye, Dr. Erin was very compassionate and made the day much easier for all of us. I would highly recommend Dr. Erin. Two of my friends have also used her services and agree, this is the most dignified way to say goodbye."
Tracy Reynoldsalbuquerque, New Mexico
"Yesterday was one of the hardest days of our lives, but we will be forever grateful for the services provided by Dr. Erin Deveau. While we did not want to say goodbye, Dr. Erin helped us realize that we were making the right decision for our baby, Marley. We could not bear the though of stressing our cat out by taking her to a vet clinic for her final moments. She was peacefully laid to rest under her favorite tree in our backyard. We are eternally grateful for the kindness and compassion Dr. Erin and her assistant showed us during a very difficult time. I will not hesitate to recommend Lap of Love to others - what a wonderful organization. Thank you so much."
Janel VogtAlbuquerque, New Mexico
"I have to say Dr. Erin made all the difference when I had to Euthanize my 17 year old dog Ayla Marie Lilley. She was so patient and she took the time to help us understand and absorb what was happening. She was kind enough to explain the process which helped us with this difficult situation. I would highly recommend using Lap of Love and Dr. Erin you can't get better then them."
Vivian LilleyAlbuquerque, New Mexico
"I want to express my heartfelt appreciation to Dr. Deveau for her professional and compassionate care provided to my cat, Sky, on 5/22/17. She was sensitive to his needs as well as mine as she eased Sky's passing. The entire experience with Lap of Love was a positive one and I am very grateful for this hospice and euthanasia practice."
Sandy MishkinAlbuquerque, New Mexico
Pet Life and Loss Support Services
VCA Veterinary Care Animal Hospital and Referral Center
Best Friends Pet Cremation Services Pet Loss Support Group
Veterinary Emergency & Speciality Center of New Mexico
Animal Humane New Mexico Pet Loss Support Group
Pet Loss Support Group
Helping families in the following areas:
We proudly serve the metro Albuquerque area, including Rio Rancho, Bernalillo, Placitas & East Mountains. Due to the expansive area covered, there may be a travel fee of $30-$100 based on your location.
Preferred methods of payment are check (made to 'Lap of Love') or cash.
Most pet insurance companies cover Lap of Love services. Please have any paperwork ready for the veterinarian to complete so that you can submit it for reimbursement.
Lap of LoveP.O. Box 67572Albuquerque, NM 87193-7572